Get to Know Your Practitioner: Acupuncturist Hugh Kim, L.Ac

Monmouth Pain & Rehabilitation is proud to host 8th Grade interns from the Red Bank Charter School. One of our interns, Mei-Ling Downey, interviewed our Shrewsbury/Freehold acupuncturist Hugh Kim to find out more about why Hugh became an acupuncturist, his inspiration, and more!

Where are you from?

I was born and raised in Korea.

What college did you attend, and for how many years?

I went to Binghamton University for 4 years of undergrad.

What degrees did you need to become an acupuncturist?

You can attend programs after college, but I have a Masters in Oriental Science; you can get that or a masters in acupuncture.

How long did it take you to learn about acupuncture?

I completed 4 years of Masters, but I am always learning as there are so much to learn about.

What kind of things did you need to learn about to become an acupuncturist?

I had to study western forms of medicine and oriental medicine, and the many different pressure points on the body. There is a lot to learn, like the history of oriental science, which goes very far back into history.

What was the hardest thing to learn about acupuncture?

It was hard to master timing, when to put the needle in and the pulses . Also the history of oriental science is always been hard as there is so much to learn.

Did you always want to be an acupuncturist?

I never was definite on being an acupuncturist, but my grandfather was an acupuncturist, and that encouraged me to become one. In college I found out you can go to acupuncture school so I decided to attend.

As a kid what did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be a scientist, or in the scientific field.

If you weren’t an acupuncturist what would you be?

I think I’d be a dentist.

Are there different needle sizes in acupuncture?

There are few, like long ones to hit the pressure points that are farther down into the body and prickers for the points that are closer.

Do you ever do acupuncture yourself?

Yes I sometimes do acupuncture for myself if I need it.

Were you ever afraid of needles?

I wasn’t very comfortable with them before I became an acupuncturist but over time I just got used to them.

If you would be interested in trying acupuncture for yourself, you can schedule an appointment with Hugh or any of the acupuncturists in our other locations by calling 732-345-1377.

Most Common High School Sports Injuries and Steps for Prevention

High school sports play an important role in developing a healthy, active lifestyle for kids while also developing invaluable life skills such as goal setting, time management, leadership, cooperation, and social intelligence.

At the same time, youth athletes are prone to injuries just like their favorite pros. Youth athletes also face an increased risk of injury due to the fact that their bodies are still developing. It is key to find the optimal recovery options so that your kids can be back in action without missing too many games or practices – Monmouth Pain & Rehabilitation can make that possible!

Dr. R. Dawn Comstock conducted the National High School Sports-Related Injury Surveillance Study for the 2015 – 2016 academic year which monitored sports-related injuries among high school athletes, and identified the top five most common high school sports injuries:

  1. Head Injuries
  2. Ankle Strain/Sprain
  3. Knee Strain/Sprain
  4. Hip/Thigh/Upper Leg Strain/Sprain
  5. Hand/Wrist Injuries

Though a large portion of sports-related injuries did not require surgery, recurring injuries accounted for almost 10% of total injuries for the year. It is vital to understand that treating the symptoms of an injury does not always address the underlying cause of the problem. Pain medication can reduce inflammation and mask the pain giving the illusion that the injury has healed. Just because the pain subsided does not mean the injury has fully healed resulting in the increased risk of reinjuring the affected area.

Through effective injury management and preventative care, we can help keep kids active, healthy, and on the field! That is why it is important to understand the benefits that physical therapy, chiropractic, and acupuncture bring to the injury recovery and prevention process.

Benefits of Physical Therapy for High School Athletes

Physical therapy works to maximize movement during the recovery process, and seeks to avoid pain medication and surgery. This is achieved by assessing the extent of the injury, and creating a treatment program specific to the patient’s needs and capabilities. Physical therapy can be utilized not only after an injury has occurred, but at the first signs of tenderness and weakness. For instance, many times an athlete will perform through pain, further increasing their chance of injury. Consulting with a physical therapist at the first sign of pain will help to strengthen the affected area before the pain manifests into a debilitating injury.

Benefits of Chiropractic for High School Athletes

 Chiropractic care plays a key role in sports injury prevention and recovery. Training, practice, and competition take a toll on an athlete’s body, exposing them to increased stress that can result in chronic aches and pains which may lead to injury. Chiropractors correct spinal misalignments, fix asymmetries throughout the body, and increase range of motion by reducing the tension on muscles and tendons, which promotes faster healing and reduces the risk of injury. Chiropractic care is effective in injury prevention and can also benefit an athlete’s performance. Seeing a chiropractor without a preexisting injury is a proactive step in injury prevention.

Benefits of Acupuncture for High School Athletes

 Acupuncture produces improved energy and biochemical balance, which results in stimulating the body’s natural healing abilities and promoting physical and emotional well-being. Acupuncture is a common practice used by many professional athletes around the world. Studies show that acupuncture effectively treats sports injuries, while also improving the athlete’s performance and endurance. The growing popularity of acupuncture treatment raises awareness of how beneficial acupuncture is for injury prevention.

Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation is Your Home Team!

 If you or your child have experienced a sports injury in the past, are currently facing a sports related injury, or want to take the proactive steps in strengthening and optimizing your body for peak performance, please feel free to take advantage of our free consultation (a $245 value) and contact us directly by calling 732-345-1377 or by emailing us using the Contact Form below. Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation has three convenient locations in Monmouth and Ocean County: Shrewsbury, Wall, and Forked River. We look forward to helping with all your rehabilitation, physical therapy, and chiropractic needs!

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Acupuncture: The Healing Method Encompassing Nearly Everything from Sports Injuries to the Flu

Written by Nicole Heuschkel, L.Ac

It’s no secret that being active in sports may eventually correlate to an inevitable injury. Common treatments for injuries include taking anti-inflammatory medication, regular icing, as well as wound compression.

Although these modalities are proven to help, it seems that we may be causing more harm when we look to medicate repeatedly.  While medications can relieve pain and suffering, if used long term, they can also cause destructive side effects.  The problem with these drugs are that they can affect the entire body, not just the part that hurts.  Overuse of anti-inflammatories can be damaging to the gastrointestinal tract, which includes the esophagus, stomach and small intestine.  Other risks may include, but are not limited to heart attack and/or stroke. Before feeling defeated and throwing in the towel, there are other treatment modalities available that are both safe and effective that may be able to help.

Athletes Can Effectively Heal Injuries the Natural Way

Acupuncture is a form of alternative medicine that works with the body’s own energy. The common understanding of acupuncture is based on the concept of energy flow. Energy, more commonly referred to as “qi,” travels throughout the body in certain pathways.  When there is a blockage of qi, this will usually result in an expression of pain. Small, sterile needles are inserted into specific areas of the body to stimulate the movement of energy and circulation, which promotes the body’s self-healing ability.  These access energy pathways and can help “unblock” the energy. They also increase circulation to the area, facilitating in the aid of healing the area more quickly.

Acupuncture continues to gain additional support as evidence of the benefits consistently increases.  Sports medicine is embracing acupuncture, as athletes are benefiting from treatments tremendously.  Acupuncture can address both acute and chronic injuries.  Elbow, knee and back pain are frequent injuries experienced by athletes, as well as muscle strains, sprains and tendonitis.  Ailments like arthritis and inflammation may also benefit with the incorporation of acupuncture into the treatment.

Take Healing & Wellness Beyond the Present Injury

While acupuncture has created a name for itself in the treatment and management of pain, it has numerous other positive effects on the body. Incorporating acupuncture into the treatment protocol can decrease inflammation, restore function of the affected area, and reduce the recovery time of injuries by almost half.

Acupuncture points will vary based on which body part is being treated, but there are a few points that can help with general pain and strengthen the energy of the body.  A very effective protocol called Four Gates includes the points Liver 3 (LV3) and Large Intestine 4 (LI4), which is effective in moving the Qi and blood in the body, thus clearing stagnation and alleviating pain.

LI4 is a very common point used for many conditions.  It is located in the middle of the second metacarpal bone on the radial side. It is beneficial for any condition related to the face and head, including sinus pressure, headaches, jaw pain, toothaches and allergies. It can also be used to treat Wind-Heat conditions like the flu. LI4 can help strengthen the immune system and decrease duration of colds. Finally, LI4 is known as the “pain point” in the body. It is great in clearing inflammation anywhere in the body.


LV3 is another commonly used point that is great for creating movement throughout the body. It is located on the dorsum of the foot in a depression distal to the junctions of the 1st and 2nd metatarsal bones.  It can be used for any liver energy disharmony, including menstrual disorders, headaches, and detoxification.  It is also useful in calming the nervous system, which can help treat insomnia, stress and anxiety.

Acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment, with little to no side effects. It is commonly known for being used in pain management, but has the capacity to treat a multitude of symptoms. Aches and pains, headaches, infertility, anxiety, gastrointestinal and respiratory issues are just some of the frequently treated indications. Next time you find yourself reaching for an Advil or over the counter medicine, consider an alternative treatment first. You may find yourself pleasantly surprised and feeling better.

To make an appointment with one of the licensed acupuncturists at Monmouth Pain & Rehabilitation, call 732-345-1377 or fill out the form on the right side of this page. Whether you have injured yourself through sports or other hobbies, or have some sort of chronic pain, you could find healing for your whole body. Monmouth County acupuncture is just within reach in Shrewsbury, Wall Township, and coming soon to Lacey for Ocean County residents seeking acupuncture!

A Vital ‘Serving’ of Tennis Elbow Tips

Written by: Amy Ramos, PTA

Tennis Elbow (also called lateral epicondylitis) is an overuse injury that occurs where the muscles of the forearm attach to the elbow.  Although it is named “Tennis Elbow” because of its frequent occurrence among tennis players, it can affect other athletes as well as those who participate in leisure or work activities that require repetitive arm, elbow, wrist, and hand movement, especially while tightly gripping something.  Tennis Elbow is typically diagnosed by a medical doctor from a description of symptoms and a few simple muscle tests.   Symptoms of Tennis Elbow include:  pain/tenderness on the outer part of the elbow, pain from gripping, with or without movements of the wrist and lifting movements, and pain from activities that involve extending the wrist (e.g. pouring a container of liquid, lifting with the palm down and sweeping – especially when wrist movement is required).

Initially, it is recommended that one avoid activities that exacerbate the symptoms of tennis elbow as well as use ice to alleviate the pain and reduce inflammation.  Once the initial symptoms have subsided, Tennis Elbow is usually successfully treated with conservative interventions such as physical therapy and chiropractic care to decrease pain and restore mobility and strength to the affected arm.  In addition, acupuncture treatments and massage therapy have been shown to be quite effective in treating tennis elbow.

Monmouth Pain & Rehabilitation is a multidisciplinary facility offering chiropractic, massage, acupuncture, physical therapy and weight loss to help you get you back to what you enjoy doing!  Call (732) 345-1377 or fill out the form on this page to request a free consultation ($245 value). We have offices conveniently located in Shrewsbury and Wall Township.

Cupping: Have you ‘Spotted’ this recent Trend?

Written by: Nicole Heuschkel, L.Ac

The iconic purplish circular marks, made popular by athletes and celebs like Michael Phelps, Gwenyth Paltrow and Jennifer Aniston, are blazing an eastern path in a western minded world. While the marks may look intimidating, they are indeed beneficial and can even be relaxing. These marks are the result of a procedure called Cupping.

Cupping is a form of alternative therapy, in which cups are placed on the skin to create suction. The goal is to increase circulation, help relieve pain, remove “heat” and pull out toxins that linger in your body’s tissues. Cupping can help treat pain and inflammation and can even act as a deep tissue massage. It stimulates the flow of fresh blood, lymph and qi to the affected area. “Traditionally, the process involves a glass that is heated inside using a flame and then placed on top of the skin, where it creates a vacuum and sucks the skin up into the cup. The aim is to release the tension in sore muscles, Perlman said. Some use pottery or bamboo cups, or a more modern device that relies on a hand pump to produce the suction.” (1) You will usually feel a tight sensation around the area of the cup, but most people experience is to be soothing. Your practitioner can alter the intensity of suction based on your preference.

Although cupping has been in the recent spotlight with the Olympics, you don’t have to be an athlete (or an Olympian!) to reap the benefits of it. Cupping therapy is great to treat tight muscles, aid in detoxing the body, and may even help with the flu, cough/ congestion, poor circulation, anxiety, fevers and a variety of other ailments. People who commute long hours for work or those that are hunched over their computers non-stop can just as easily benefit from cupping. Neck pain and back pain may be top contenders for reasons to seek treatment, but it can be performed almost anywhere (fleshy sections tend to work best) on the body to help aches, pains and joint issues. Dr. Michael Smith explains the procedure and benefits of cupping as, “The suction pulls the tight muscles and stretches the fascia, the connective tissue around the muscles, and in effect, allows blood vessels to expand. The theory is that the increased blood flow speeds healing.”

“Cupping causes the skin to temporarily turn red, blue or purple, especially if there is an injury or energetic blockage under the area that was cupped. The skin discoloration can last anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks, but is rarely painful. Once the marks have cleared, the procedure can be repeated until the condition or ailment is resolved.” (2) If you can get past the odd looks you may get from others, you may find that cupping is that extra something you have been searching for. As always, it is important to go to a licensed professional. Call Monmouth Pain & Rehabilitation at 732-345-1377 or submit the form on this page to learn more about cupping or to schedule an appointment.



What Everyone Needs to Know about Pregnancy

Written By: Angie Mohamed, PTA

Hip pain is a common ailment that many women feel during pregnancy. There are many different causes to hip pain and more so, treatments that our office can use to help address and relieve your symptoms, including chiropractic care, physical therapy and acupuncture.

During pregnancy, your body releases a hormone called relaxin that allows connective tissues, the tough bands of tissues that connect joints, to relax and soften. As a result of nature’s way of preparing you for labor and delivery, the joints and ligaments in your pelvis will loosen and quite possibly move unevenly. This ligament softening, along with changes in posture and a heavier uterus all may contribute to the pain you may feel in your hip and groin.

Increased pressure on the sciatic nerve is another possible cause of hip pain. These two nerves branch from either side of your low back down to your feet. When there is increased pressure on the nerves, you may feel pain, numbness and/or tingling in the buttocks, hips, or thighs.

Round ligament pain is another common issue that may contribute to hip pain during pregnancy. Sharp pains in the abdomen, hip and groin area are characteristic of round ligament pain.

With any of these conditions you may feel pain in the following areas:

  • in your lower back
  • in your symphysis pubis joint
  • in your sacroiliac joints
  • in your groin
  • at the front and the back of your thigh
  • at the back of your lower leg
  • around your hips
  • in your pelvic floor

How we can help you in our offices:

Our physical therapists can help address what condition you may be suffering from and help guide you with exercises that will help you strengthen your abdominal muscles and low back, teach you proper ways to transfer from different positions, posture and body mechanics training and soft tissue mobilizations. Along with our physical therapists, our chiropractors can help manipulate joints that may be stiff or not moving properly in your back, hip and pelvis. Lastly, our licensed acupuncturist can provide treatment to help alleviate pain and discomfort that is safe for pregnancy.

Parenthood is hard enough without being uncomfortable during your pregnancy. Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation is conveniently located in Shrewsbury and Wall Township, NJ and is proud to serve the wellness needs of women before, during and after pregnancy. If you are experiencing pain or discomfort fill out the form on this page or call us at 732-345-1377 – mention this blog to receive a FREE consultation ($245 value).

The Truth About Whiplash

Written by: Nichole Chaviano, PT, DPT

Driver Suffering From Whiplash After Traffic Collision

Over a million people are diagnosed with whiplash each year in the USA alone. Whiplash is caused by a quick jerking motion of the head and symptoms can include an achy neck and shoulder muscles, stiffness through your joints, headaches and even numbness and tingling down the arms. When your body is hit either through the contact with another body such as in a sporting event or with the seat in a car crash your torso gets thrown forward as your neck gets thrown backwards then forward very quickly. In severe cases spinal nerves and joints can be damaged but most likely the injury occurs to the ligaments, muscles and tendons. In some cases, concussion also known as mild traumatic brain injury can occur. When not treated properly symptoms and chronic pain can persist with up to 50% of whiplash victims never making a full recovery.
When the accident appears severe immediate medical attention is usually provided, but in other cases symptoms can take days to weeks to manifest which is when you should seek medical care. X-rays should always be taken to rule out fractures or dislocations of the vertebrae or facet joints. With more severe cases an MRI or CT scan of the neck and head may be needed to better diagnose potentially torn ligaments, spinal cord damage or herniated discs and rule out fatal instability.
When medically cleared it is important to start treatment with Physical Therapy or Chiropractic care to improve symptoms as quickly as possible. A patient’s prognosis significantly improves when they are able to safely keep their necks moving through stretching and mobilization. With an individualized plan of care patients work through strengthening exercises to reduce risk of re-injury. A passive treatment that may be incorporated is infrared light therapy; known to decrease pain and speed up the healing of injuries by improving circulation.
Associated treatments are available including Massage Therapy which works to reduce muscle spasm, combat inflammation and promote relaxation; and Acupuncture, working to reduce pain and inflammation by inserting very thin needles into specific energy points to stimulate healing by releasing endorphins and serotonin.
If you have experienced a whip lash injury the practitioners at Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation can help. Our facility has on staff Medical Doctors, Chiropractors, Physical Therapists, Acupuncturists and Massage Therapists. Our team works collaboratively to create a customized treatment plan for each patient designed to help you recover from your injury. Fill out the form on this page or call 732-345-1377 and mention this blog to receive a FREE consultation ($245 value).

What to Do If You Feel Pain During Your Workout at The Gym

Written by: Eric Chludzinski, DC

Gym injuries happen.

They can be sudden, happen un-expectantly and quickly.  In the middle of your dead lift workout you reach down to pick up that barbell and pain in your back stops you in your tracks instead.

They can develop over time. You have been training for a marathon and now there is a pain in the arch of your foot with each step, running or walking.

Does this mean you stop lifting weights or give up on that dream of running a marathon?  No, of course not.  But it does mean that it’s time to treat your injuries and bring your body back to a healthy state.  It can also be time to start a regular routine of care that could help you avoid future injuries.

Consulting a doctor for treatment in regards to your gym injury is a great option.  Our doctors are experts at treating the spine, of course, but they are also highly trained in many other musculoskeletal problems. They are skilled at treating both an injury to get the body back to a healthy state, as well as, focusing on the body’s overall structure and balance.

We use safe and effective methods that promote they body’s own natural healing process.  Treatments include rehabilitation of the spine.  However, they can also include rehabilitation of the extremities and joints increasing range of motion and promoting healing at the site of injuries.

Some examples of gym injuries include:

  • Tennis Elbow
  • Golfer’s Elbow
  • Tendonitis
  • Rotator Cuff Injury
  • Strains
  • Sprains
  • Shin Splints
  • Shoulder Injury
  • Neck Injury
  • Back / Disc Injury
  • Plantar Fascitis

If you feel pain, you should seek treatment for any injury as soon as possible.  Getting the proper diagnosis and treatment from the earliest onset of the injury has been known to increase the healing process, getting you back to the gym to train.

At Monmouth Pain & Rehabilitation our highly trained providers will use a consultation and exam for the diagnosis process.  Depending on the type of injury and severity, additional tests may be needed.  For example, an MRI or x-rays may be used to confirm a diagnosis for proper treatment.

Once a diagnosis is confirmed a treatment plan is created. It may include chiropractic care, physical therapy, deep-tissue massage, acupuncture, laser treatment or interventional pain management.

The goal is always the same.  Getting you out of pain and healthy enough to get back to the gym.  We want you enjoying your workout routine, whatever it is.

If you are suffering from a gym or other sports injury and are looking to find relief, don’t hesitate – Call Monmouth Pain & Rehabilitation for a consultation and exam.  Feel free to fill out a form submission on our website. If you are looking for faster service, give us a call at 732-345-1377. Just tell them that you read this article and you will receive our complimentary in-office evaluation (a $145 value). 

How to Get Rid of Sciatica this Summer

Summer time comes once a year and it is an exciting time where many plans are made such as tending to the garden, visiting your local pool club, and hitting the highways for that family vacation.  You’ve packed your bags, filled the gas tank, programmed google maps with your favorite destination, but an unexpected event takes place hours into the trip; sciatica pain.  Although unexpected, understanding what sciatica is, the symptoms, and the various treatment options available to you at Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation doesn’t have to be unexpected.



What is sciatica?

Pain that radiates from your lower (lumbar) spine to your buttock and down the back of your leg; which is commonly seen as the hallmark of sciatica. A person can feel discomfort anywhere along this path, but most typically from your low back to your buttock.

What are the symptoms?

Sciatica varies from person to person so can the symptoms. The various symptomatic occurrences can range from a mild ache to a sharp ache, excruciating pain or a burning sensation.  Some patients have described sciatica as feeling like a jolt or electric shock. Usually one side of the body is affected and is aggravated by prolonged sitting.  Others have experience numbness, tingling or muscle weakness in the affected areas such as leg or foot.

What are the some causes?

Most commonly, sciatica occurs when this nerve has become pinched.  The most common causes for this pinched nerve are either by herniated disk in your spine or by an overgrowth of bone (bone spur) on your vertebrae. More rarely, this nerve can be compressed by a tumor or damaged by a disease such as diabetes.

What are the risk factors?

Age: issues such as herniated disks or bone spurs do occur with the aging process

Obesity: by increasing your weight one can add additional stress to the spine as well as spinal changes

Your occupation: although not scientifically proven, if your job requires lifting, twisting or prolonged periods at your desk this could aggravate the nerve

Diabetes: nerve damages can be increased due to the way your body uses blood sugar

We have identified the symptoms, causes, and risk factors now onto the treatment options available to you through Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation. We are a one stop facility with several modalities available allowing us to can tailor your care and reach your treatment goals effectively and efficiently.  Here are the options we can provide by our certified compassionate team of providers:

Chiropractic: Through manual manipulation of the spine and the treatment of the surrounding structures as well as the lumbar herniated disc, our chiropractic doctors have had great success with treating this condition.  Through mobilization and stretching of the muscles and joints, an increase in range of motion in the affected area can be achieved and maintained.

Physical therapy: Our team of physical therapists along with their assistants will focus on 3 key areas in dealing with sciatica: strengthening, stretching, and aerobic conditioning.

Strengthening: A focus on exercises that will strengthen the muscles, ligaments, and tendons supporting the spinal column.  Often times people think that the spinal column is the only area to focus attention on; but the abdominals, buttocks, and hip muscles are important as well to support the weight of the body as well as improve posture.

Stretching: This can alleviate pain and reduce the risk of future issues and injuries by reducing tension on the nerve.

Aerobic conditioning: This encourages the exchange of fluid and nutrients to promote a healing environment. Exercises such as walking, swimming, biking, low grade pilates, tai chi and yoga all release endorphins that can ease sciatica pain.

Acupuncture:  Our acupuncturist, Nicole, has found great success with the use of traditional Chinese medicine through the following mechanisms:

  • Stimulation of nerves that release endorphins which changes the process of pain
  • The reduction of inflammation
  • Increasing local microcirculation improving muscle stiffness by dispersing swelling
  • Promoting regeneration of the sciatica nerve

As you now are aware, prolonged sitting isn’t the only cause for this condition.  The practitioners at MPR in Wall Township and Shrewsbury, NJ are here to make an accurate diagnosis and customized treatment plan to return you to normalcy as quickly as possible.

Whether taking that scenic ride, dipping in that town pool, or tending to your herbal garden we are only a phone call away! Fill out the form on this page to request an appointment or call us at 732-345-1377. Let us know you read our blog and you will receive a FREE consultation (a $245 value). 

How to Combat Joint Pain and Stiffness

Written by: Amy Ramos, PTA

Problem:  How to Combat Joint Pain and Stiffness?

Ever feel like you are caught in a downward spiral of joint pain and stiffness, inactivity and loss of mobility, increasing pain, decreasing activity, etc.?  Unfortunately, this pattern is far too common in  patients suffering from the debilitating effects of arthritis.  Joint pain and stiffness caused by arthritis can lead patients to a sedentary lifestyle to avoid pain.  Ironically, lack of movement and exercise causes more joint pain and stiffness from lack of use.  The decreased joint movement causes further degeneration of cartilage and can increase the likelihood of bone spur growth in cases of osteoarthritis.   This becomes a vicious cycle leaving its victims feeling discouraged and wondering what to do.  neuro gait training

Solution:  “Motion is Lotion” 

Joint pain and stiffness is one of the most common complaints that bring patients to see their doctor each year.  This condition is generally treated on an outpatient basis with anti-inflammatory medications.  In addition, doctors recommend exercise to strengthen muscle and counteract the effects of joint pain and stiffness.  In fact, many doctors recommend physical therapy to help strengthen muscles and alleviate stiffness.

A physical therapist can teach patients proper stretching techniques and exercise routines to help combat joint pain and stiffness. This helps improve mobility, which further defends against the progression of the vicious cycle of joint pain and stiffness and decreased activity level. Physical therapists are very knowledgeable about the best exercises and at-home routines to help provide relief to patients suffering with arthritis. The main goal of physical therapy for patients with arthritis is to improve mobility and decrease both current and future debilitating pain, muscle aches, and joint stiffness that limit their activity level.  Physical therapy can also delay the need for joint replacement surgery in advanced cases. Studies have shown that physical therapy can even provide more pain relief from joint pain and stiffness than medications.

Here at Monmouth Pain & Rehabilitation, we use a multi-disciplined approach to combat the effects of arthritis pain and stiffness and enable our patients to maintain the most active lifestyle possible.  In addition to treatment in our experienced physical therapy department, we offer various chiropractic techniques such as Power Plate programs and cold laser therapy, acupuncture and massage therapy to reduce pain and stiffness and improve functional mobility.

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